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New Antibiotic Could Stop Superbugs


New Antibiotic Could Stop Superbugs

Scientists this week announced the discovery of an antibiotic that could prove to be effective against drug-resistant infections caused by superbugs like MRSA. The antibiotic, called teixobactin, works by binding to multiple targets, which may slow the resistance process. Derived from uncultured bacteria, teixobactin has been patented by NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals. Although the antibiotic has shown promise in trials on mice, experts say it is yet to be determined whether it will be effective in humans. More… Discuss

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health: One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria


One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

This latest research may make you think twice before locking lips with anyone. The mouth is home to tens of millions of bacteria, and just one 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million of them. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that while bacteria in the saliva seem to change quickly following a kiss, populations on the tongue remain more stable. This finding is important to researchers, as it could help with the development of bacterial therapies and treatments. More… Discuss

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Possible Mass Anthrax Exposure at CDC Labs (loosing the grip on reality?)


Possible Mass Anthrax Exposure at CDC Labs

As many as 75 scientists working in US federal government laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, may have been accidentally exposed to live anthrax bacteria after staff members at a high-level facility failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the deadly bacteria before sending the samples to lower-level labs for experimentation. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under whose watch the breach occurred, is now investigating the incident and is offering antibiotic treatment and vaccines to those who might have been exposed. More… Discuss

nEWS: US CHICKEN CONTAMINATION WIDESPREAD


US Chicken Contamination Widespread

A recent study found that almost all of the raw chicken breast in the US is contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and about half carries a “superbug,” that is, a bacterium resistant to multip le antibiotics. The findings bolster calls for curbing the use of these drugs in livestock. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to cut the non-medical use ofantib iotics in livestock over the next three years. Some consumer groups feel that the plan does not go far enough and are calling on the American government to pass stricter legislation regulating antibiotics on farms.More… Discuss
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MILK SHARING COULD ENDANGER BABIES


Milk Sharing Could Endanger Babies

Breast milk may provide numerous health benefits to babies, but websites meant to facilitate milk sharing could be doing more harm than good. Researchers tested 101 milk samples purchased from such sites and found that nearly three quarters of the samples were contaminated with disease-causing bacteria like E. colior contained harmful levels of bacteria such asstreptococci. Sellers’ claims that they were healthy or that their milk was safe were found not to be reliable indicators of product safetyMore… Discuss

 

DON’T DRINK THE HOLY WATER


Don’t Drink the Holy Water

Holy water may be used to cleanse the soul, but the water itself is often far from clean. A vast majority of the holy springs and fonts tested at Austrian churches and chapels were found to be contaminated with fecal matter, likely the result of poor hygiene. Agricultural nitrates and diarrhea-causing bacteria were also frequently present in samples. To minimize issues of contamination, one priest has invented a holy water dispenser that releases drops of water instead of having the faithful dip their potentially dirty hands into the water.More… Discuss

 

EXTREMOPHILES


Extremophiles

Extremophiles are microorganisms that thrive in environments with extreme conditions, such as high or low temperatures or pH levels, high salt concentration, or high pressure. Found in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, they produce the vivid colors of some hot springs. Due to extremophiles’ ability to thrive in conditions detrimental to most life on Earth, some scientists theorize that they may reflect what life may be like on other planets. How are extremophiles used industrially? More… Discuss